Nasa's New Horizons probe strikes distant gold The American space agency's New Horizons mission has struck gold again. After its in 2015 scientists have just discovered that the probe's next target is not one object but very likely two.
New Horizons Spacecraft Hones In on its Next Kuiper Belt Target - Pluto Safari
The upcoming encounter of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft with 2014 MU69 will be an important and rare opportunity for close-up study of a Kuiper Belt object. The New Horizons team was already excited to learn earlier this year that 2014 MU69 might be either peanut-shaped or even a binary. Now new data hints that this object might have a tiny moon.
An annotated overlay of 5 Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 discovery images of 2014 taken on June The images were taken at intervals. The positions of 2014 in the 5 images are shown by the green circles. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
This is one artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission. This binary concept is based on telescope observations made at Patagonia, Argentina, on July …